A lot went on this week in sports.
The NFL is quickly reaching the midway mark in it’s season and despite a 1-6 record so far, the New York Jets continue to find ways to make the top of the headlines for everything except winning football games. Head coach Rex Ryan knew coming into the season that he had to win in order to save his job, well so far it hasn’t gone the way he’d hoped. The Jets are reeling, they’ve lost 6 in a row and now appear to be in desperation mode. The team announced they’ve acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in a trade for a conditional draft pick in 2015, FOX Sports first reported news of the deal. The fact that Harvin was even available at this point in the season is surprising enough, let alone the Jets being the team that would get him. While this news is expected to energize a fan base that might be on the verge of tuning this team out until 2015, expectations should be tempered. There’s a reason Harvin was on the trade market and from all indications they weren’t good ones
… Count me in as a believer in the Dallas Cowboys this year, well almost. The Cowboys have jumped out to a surprising 5-1 record and unlike past seasons, this doesn’t look like fool’s gold. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says quarterback Tony Romo has never played better, although my first instinct after seeing that was to throw my hands up in a ‘here we go with this’ motion, I have to admit there maybe truth to this. The fact that Dallas has committed to the running game with DeMarco Murray and he’s been able to produce has taken enormous pressure off Romo. There were moments last week against Seattle where I fully expected Romo and the Cowboys to self-destruct, instead they got right back off the mat and punched back. The result was a road win over the defending champions. There’s still a long way to go in the season and Dallas still has to play and win meaningful games in December and beyond, however they look pretty good right now.
… When will people realize Kobe Bryant really doesn’t think care what they think of him? If he does care, he’s done a pretty good job over the years suppressing it. With the NBA season starting soon, ESPN.com released their NBA player rankings with Bryant coming in at number 40. Bryant’s response wasn’t too far off from last season when the website ranked him 25th.
“I’ve known for a long time [that] they’re a bunch of idiots,” — Bryant had just finished dropping 27 points in 28 minutes on the Utah Jazz in a preseason win for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers are not expected to do much this season, however if Bryant stays healthy they will remain interesting to watch for reasons that far exceed the basketball court.
… Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants for reaching the World Series. While I can’t say I’m too surprised by what the Giants have done, I’m blown away like many others by what the Royals have accomplished. If anything this has been a much-needed shot in the arm for baseball to get some new faces this deep into the postseason and competing for a championship. I’m not taking anything away from the Giants, manager Bruce Bochy has done a remarkable job there and is finally getting the national respect he deserves. However, I’m going with the Royals to continue bringing their exciting brand of baseball into the World Series for a national audience to watch. Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21st at 8:07pm EST on FOX.
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